Good Friday


Today is Good Friday and is called Föstudagurinn Langi (Long Friday) in Iceland.

Easter week is a five-day holiday in Iceland. Most people give and receive huge chocolate eggs filled with other candies and a proverb written on a slip of paper inside (like in a fortune cookie). IcelandReview says that Icelanders will eat one million chocolate Easter eggs!!! I have tried ordering them a few times ….. they always arrive in the USA broken. The candy is still tasty and the chocolate is great. It is just a bummer to not have them arrive in one piece.


Most people in Iceland have a five-day vacation from their work or school starting with Skíradagur (Maundy Thursday). Good Friday is called Föstudagurinn Langi (Long Friday), Páskadagur (Easter), and then Annar í Páskum (the second day of Easter – Easter Monday). They are all national holidays. 14-yr-old Icelandic children are confirmed at Easter. There is a Ski Festival and concerts in Ísafjörður.


Wherever you are today, may you have a peaceful Good Friday, my friends. Prayers to you that the Lord fills your heart with peace and blesses you with His Grace on this Holy Day and always.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27 – KJV



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